Rattlesnakes don’t usually slither their way onto mainland Illinois but there seems to be a first for everything. Chris Phillips says it’s very rare but a four-foot long timber rattlesnake was found recently near Carrollton.
Phillips is with the Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute of the U of I Champaign. He says the summer's dry weather may have forced a four-foot long timber rattler into unfamiliar territory. Phillips says the population of the timber rattlesnake is on the decline. They’re typically found in the southern quarter of the state, closer to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. This rattler was apparently killed after being run over by a vehicle.